Blanca M. Goodwin
April 19, 1939 – January 24, 2021
Blanca M. Goodwin, 81, of Bloomington passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 24, 2021 at I. U. Health, Bloomington Hospital. She was born April 19, 1939 in Esperanza, Cortez, Honduras to Martin and Rosaura Munoz. She was retired from Indiana University.
Survivors include a daughter, Debra Goodwin of Bloomington; a son, Mark (Lynn) Goodwin of Holland, IN; two sisters, Noemi Munoz of New York and Dionica Munoz of Honduras; a brother, Manuel Munoz of Honduras; five grandchildren, Marcassa Goodwin of Lebanon, Chayton Goodwin of Bloomington, and Jaylynn, Garrett and Katelynn Goodwin of Holland; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Raul, Marcos and Alfanzo; two sisters, Melida and Iris; and a foster brother, Modesdo Gonsales.
Blanca was a women of Christ and a lifetime member of Sherwood Oaks Christian Church and was a member of the choir there. She came to America in 1962 to assist her brother as his seeing eyes since he was blinded in an accident and needed surgical intervention that could only be performed here. She became a U. S. citizen in 2012 which was a “great day” in her life. Many have fond memories of Blanca’s laughter and socialness as well as her fond love for cooking and music. Many will remember her as never meeting a stranger, and as one of the longest living kidney transplant recipients with the same kidney for 35 years. Her independent spirit made her one of a kind. Blanca worked at Bloomington Hospital in the cafeteria and RCA. Her most rewarding job was working in the Residence Halls at Indiana University where she met several students and was proud to call them family.
There will be a Gathering of Family and Friends on Thursday, January 28, 2021 from 4:00 – 8:00 PM in Deremiah-Frye Mortuary, Greene & Harrell Chapel, 700 W Gourley Pike. Funeral Services are scheduled for Friday, January 29th at 1:00 PM with Pastor Alan Phillips officiating; burial will follow in Clear Creek Cemetery. Due to Covid restrictions we are limited to 25 people in attendance for services and 25 at a time during the visitation.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.DeremiahFryeMortuary.com.
Family and Friends Gathering
Thursday, January 28, 2021
Friday, January 29, 2021
Blanca M. Goodwin
January 28, 2021
Blanca and I was in a bible study class at Sherwood Oaks Church, Blanca was a delight to be around, always a smile on her pretty face. I pray that the Lord places His soothing hands upon the family.
Sarah Hyde Sakas
January 27, 2021
I will always be thankful for Blanca. She moved into my grandmother’s house and took care of her. This allowed my grandmother to remain in her home far longer than if Blanca hadn’t. Blanca was a kind, good hearted woman. I will remember her fondly. Thank you Blanca!!❤️🙏🏻❤️
January 26, 2021
Aunt Blanca moved into our home in 1962. I was seven years old at the time, with my siblings at ages six, five and four years. We had visited Honduras (Dad’s and Aunt Blanca’s birthplace) the year before for the first time. That was an important learning experience for all of us; meeting grandparents and family in their environment for the first time left a lasting impression. The purpose of Blanca’s arrival was to help her brother, Uncle Alfonso, get medical care that he needed for neurological injuries sustained in a bad automobile accident. I remember something of the impact of those injuries on his eyesight. I also remember that the surgery and therapy he received restored his health. He returned to Honduras after a few months, but Aunt Blanca stayed behind to take care of us kids, while Mom went to work at Bloomington Hospital. Aunt Blanca was a stern disciplinarian. We learned table manners, to pick up after ourselves and to accomplish daily chores. I believe she stayed with us for two summers. Aunt Blanca met Mark Goodwin at church (Free Methodist Church on the corner of Lincoln and Grimes) and began to date. After they married Uncle Mark became an important figure in my life, taking notice of my early interests in science. In 1968 Uncle Mark gave me a generous gift of a model airplane for Christmas (this was the type of model made of balsa wood that one has to build and can fly with a gasoline engine). This encouragement had an important impact on my life that in part resulted in my pursuing a fruitful career in mechanical engineering. I am grateful to Aunt Blanca and Uncle Mark for their love and support through the years. I moved away from Bloomington when I was 18 to pursue life’s adventures, so I did not see them much after that time. However, by that time I was well prepared to take on life on my own. Rest in peace, dear Aunt Blanca. You are now free to fly with the angels, along with the other family members that have gone on before.